Is it Normal for My Breasts to Leak During Pregnancy?

“I’m pregnant and my breasts have started to leak. Is that normal?” That’s a question that we’re often asked at Pacific Women’s Center, as many expectant mothers have this concern.

For a first-time mom, this can be a cause for worry until you meet with your doctor, but have no fear! Leaking is perfectly normal.

Many expectant mothers ‘leak’ during pregnancy, especially their third trimester. Some women don’t. In either case, this is perfectly ok, and a common phenomenon. You shouldn’t be worried if you are or aren’t leaking pre-childbirth.

Often confused with lactation, the pre-childbirth substance is actually called Colostrum. Colostrum may be thicker and more yellowish in color than breast milk. This nutrient-packed liquid will nourish your baby until your breast milk comes in.

Colostrum is incredibly nutritious to your baby, acting both as an antibiotic to keep infection away from your baby, as well as being high in protein and other nutrients. Colostrum also acts as a mild laxative on your baby, which helps him/her pass the first meconium stool.

Remember, leaking during pregnancy is not a cause for concern! It’s a natural part of the beautiful changes your body goes through in preparation of giving birth.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your pregnancy, leaking, or anything else, please give us a call. We’d love to meet you. Call us at 541-342-8616 or contact us online for help.

Once your baby is born, we also offer free lactation classes hosted by Registered Nurse & certified lactation consultant, Devorah Bianchi.